A Beetles' paintbrush

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Project by bigogre posted 595 days ago 1488 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

People are always amazed to find out that this exotic looking wood grows around here, and even more amazed to find out the streaks are caused by beetles. The top is padauk, and the box is curly ambrosia maple. Roughly 4×4x8. The lid was carved with a power rasp.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 595 days ago

I love the simplicity of the wave on the lid. Nice job all around, and kudos to the beetle on his/her participation.

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#2 posted 595 days ago

Very nice. That maple is awesome and I love the sculpting of the top. Nice Job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 595 days ago

Great piece of quilted ambrosia maple there. Where you trying for a ”?” on the lid? It looks like the Riddlers box. :-)

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#4 posted 595 days ago

Simply outstanding ….

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 595 days ago

Beautiful wood, nicely crafted !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 595 days ago

Looks great well done

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#7 posted 595 days ago

Nice dust storm lid…lol this came out sweet…BC

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#8 posted 595 days ago

excellent job

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 595 days ago

Actually it’s not the beetle itself that stains the wood, but spalting/staining fungi that enter the wood via the holes made by the beetle. Huge difference.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#10 posted 595 days ago

That would explain similar staining with trees tapped for syrup…

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#11 posted 595 days ago

Very nice work on this one too…really like that wave top…looks like the crest of a red sand dune. The ambrosia maple ripples with movement and the color range is very intriguing. Cool!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 595 days ago

That is so cool. First curly ambrosia maple I have seen and the sculpted top is awesome.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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robert triplett

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#13 posted 595 days ago

You have displayed some really beautiful wood in your boxes. This one is no exception. I have used Ambrosia maple in my boxes and had thought the coloration was from worm poop. Nice to know I can tell people it is spalting instead. thanks for sharing.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#14 posted 595 days ago

Bill, you do such a wonderful job of showing off our local woods. We are really more blessed than we realize to live here in the heart of the hardwoods. It is one of Indiana’s seldom mentioned treasures. You really did a great job of matching the grain on the corners of this box. Curly Ambrosia Maple is not easy to come by, but is beautiful. The top continues your concept of carving boxes your way.

This is exceptionally beautiful work. I hope your sales are going well…you are exceptionally productive and creative and your work deserves to be supported. Thanks for taking us along on your creative journey. It has been a joy to watch your work evolve and be refined. I am eager to see what is going to come next.

How is the top joined to the sides? My guess is that its a dado in the sides and also in the top with a spline joining the two. Did you build something on the inside?

Your photography has dramatically improved as well. This is an interesting photo with great lighting. I always enjoy seeing your work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 595 days ago

Great box! I like both of the woods individually. Together, they look awesome! Outstanding job on getting the grain flow to match perfectly, too!

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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